Minn. prepares to dispose of I-35W bridge parts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s House of Representatives has voted to give victims, historians and engineers a chance to claim some of the crumpled steel from the deadly 2007 collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge before the rest is sold for scrap.

Aug. 1 will mark the six-year anniversary of when the bridge buckled and fell into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour in Minneapolis, killing 13 people and injuring 145 others.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation had to store the steel beams and plates until all the legal claims could be resolved.

The Minnesota House voted unanimously Monday to give the department months to parcel out free pieces to victims’ families, collapse survivors, the state historical society and others. The bill awaits Senate action.

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